Cyprus permanent residence by marriage to Cypriot

Updated: February 05, 2024

Third-country nationals (non-European Union Citizens) married to Cypriot citizens can apply for a Cyprus residency permit. This also applies to the following family members of a Cypriot citizen and his spouse:

  • their children under 18 years old from a previous marriage,
  • their parents-in-law.

A benefit of a residence permit by marriage is the right to stay in Cyprus with no limitations.

Required documents for PR by marriage

  • Passport or identity card of the Cypriot citizen and the applicant
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Non-Marriage Certificate of the spouse (if was single before the marriage)
  • Copy of divorce and Affidavit of the spouse and the Cypriot who was not married since the issuance of the divorce
  • Health Insurance (if the Cypriot Citizen is not working)
  • Proof of stable and sufficient income
  • Certificate of Social insurance contributions of the Cypriot citizen(if applies)
  • The title deed of a property in Cyprus or Rental Agreement duly certified by a certifying officer and stamped at the tax office(original & copy bearing two stamps worth)
  • Birth Certificate (for children from a previous marriage)

Application Procedure

The applications are submitted at the Migration District Unit of the city where the applicants live.

The applicant might get a temporary residency the first two times he/she applies. This will have validity for a year each time. On the third renewal, a permanent residence might be granted.

However, if the couple has been married for many years or has children, the department might give them permanent residency from the first time they apply.

Citizenship application of Cypriot spouse

The Cypriot spouse, after receiving the permanent residency, can apply for the acquisition of Cypriot citizenship if he/she complies with the following:

  • completing three years of marriage before the date of application
  • two years of residence in the Republic

Read more about Cyprus citizenship by marriage.

Government fees

The government fees for applying for residency by marriage in Cyprus are €120.

Frequently asked questions

Can I get permanent residence in Cyprus by marriage to a Cypriot?

Yes, getting permanent residence in Cyprus by marriage to a Cypriot is possible. If you are employed, you need to apply using the MCYE form. If you are not employed, you can apply using the form MCYV. However, you need to have completed three years of marriage and to have been a resident in the Republic for the last two years preceding the date of the application.

How much does the marriage conclusion cost in Cyprus?

Municipalities charge from about EUR 150 to 200 for the ceremony, and about EUR 15,00 for the marriage certificate, with additional costs for an accelerated date or getting married on Saturday or Sunday. The church wedding costs vary around EUR 150, depending on the church district. The certificates of freedom and the marriage license cost about EUR 60,00. The cost of divorce varies with the case's complexity, and rates are agreed upon beforehand with your lawyer.

Is marriage to a Cypriot a 100% guarantee of citizenship?

There is never a guarantee that an application will be successful. However, fulfilling the criteria (three years of marriage, two years of residence preceding the application) and having no previous immigration issues, it is highly likely to result in citizenship. Rejection reasons will be detailed in a letter from the Civil Registry and Migration Department, with the option for judicial review.

What are the advantages of permanent residence by marriage in Cyprus?

You gain a permanent right of residence, which remains even in case of divorce. You can also seek employment. For those married to third-country nationals with a permanent residence permit, the permit typically remains valid post-divorce, with work eligibility depending on the permit type.

What is the spousal visa in Cyprus?

A “spousal visa” in Cyprus refers to the right to apply for residence and later citizenship if married to a Cypriot.

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